CDC closes contamination recall, formula recall remains
The CDC announced Thursday that it has closed its baby formula investigation due to contamination concerns, with no additional cases identified as part of the investigation, according to the FDA’s website.
What You Need To Know
- The CDC announced that it has closed its baby formula investigation due to contamination concerns
- No additional cases have been identified as part of the investigation
- Although the investigation has come to an end, baby formula shortage problems continue to remain, and the recall is still in effect
There has been a short supply of baby formula nationwide for months, due to pandemic-related supply chain issues. That shortage then crisis levels after four children became sick, and two died, after suspected bacterial contamination of formula which originated from Abbot Nutrition’s formula plant in Sturgis, Michigan. The FDA’s Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation (CORE) Network, along with the CDC and state and local partners investigating the issue.
According to the FDA, CORE is no longer investigating the incident, but the FDA established an Incident Management Group (IMG) on April 1, to continue to work on supply chain and food safety issues.
However, although the investigation has come to an end, baby formula shortage problems continue to remain around the country, and the recall is still in effect.
The FDA is warning consumers not to use recalled Similac, Alimentum, or EleCare powdered infant formulas. Products that have been recalled can be found by the 7 to 9 digit code and expiration date on the bottom of the package (see image below). Products are included in the recall if they meet all three conditions listed below:
- the first two digits of the code are 22 through 37 and
- the code on the container contains K8, SH, or Z2, and
- the expiration date is 4-1-2022 (APR 2022) or later.